Yet again I have proof that art is alive in small towns. Just take a look inside Arts Place in Hagerstown, Indiana. It’s bursting with creativity.
There’s a lot going on at this Indiana art gallery and workshop space. There’s a wonderful, bustling vibe here. But then, it’s used to being the source of community fun. It was constructed in 1880 as a lodge hall–and used as a community center until 1930.
Arts Place in Hagerstown, Indiana
Are you ready for this? Step through these doors and find a slew of Indiana artists work on the first level! There’s a range of crafts represented here–and it’s all for sale! Browse lovely original wall art or photos, handmade jewelry, pottery, and even woodworking. The carved wine bottle toppers are gorgeous! Don’t miss the table of books either. What a great spot to find a gift any time of year.
This isn’t just a space for admiring the work of others, but a chance for you to learn how to make your own–or, better yet, pass along your gift and teach someone else. Area artists make their way to this small town to teach others, both youth and adults, what they know.
The Hagerstown Arts Place is a community hub for all things art. Free classes are frequently held for both adults and children. Yes, you read that right. FREE!
Classes at Hagerstown Arts Place
The times they are a’changin’ and certainly not for the better when it comes to art. Too many schools have canned their art programs, making creative students yearn for something more. If they only had Arts Place to help them find their creative outlet and hone their skills.
Classes can vary. Some remain the same and pop up every week: there’s typically a watercolors class taught by the Director of Arts Place, Tom Butters. Although this one is only open to adults, it is open to adults of any skill level. Imagine the benefits of newbies sitting side by side with professions. Best of all, for the first three classes you don’t even need to bring anything. If you are lucky, you may run into author and artist Bess Sturgis who has been known to teach excellent classes.
Painting classes can last for hours. Arts and art are talked about and pondered while everyone takes a break from contemplating their current work-in-progress. Children aren’t exempt from the fun! Classes just for kids include free music lessons for anyone that wants to learn to play an instrument. They have even started up their own community choir. They will be performing on the second level of the building, a space with a stage that once held graduations and reunions and all manner of community fun. I love it!
We all could use a little more art in our lives. Pick up a new hobby or deck your walls with amazing work from Indiana artists from Hagerstown Arts Place in downtown Hagerstown, Indiana. It’s such a friendly place. I love that they host weekly readings, whether original work or a passage from a favorite author. I think that’s a great way to get introduced to a variety of styles–and meet new people in the process.
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Hagerstown Arts Place
96 1/2 E Main Street
Hagerstown, IN 47346
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